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Jon King

Jon King

Jon King has been a journalist for more than 35 years. He is the Past President of the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Association and has been recognized for excellence numerous times, most recently in 2021 with the Best Investigative Story by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Cleary University. Jon and his family live in Howell, where he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Livingston Diversity Council.

GOP LG nominee Hernandez tweets and deletes photo with anti-government militia flag

By: - September 6, 2022

The GOP nominee for Michigan lieutenant governor is fielding an unforced error after posting and then deleting a photo of himself that included the flag of an anti-government militia group. Shane Hernandez tweeted the photo Saturday of his visit to a Port Austin farmers market in which he is seen standing next to a man […]

U of M nurses overwhelmingly vote to OK a strike, EMU professors to decide Tuesday

By: - September 6, 2022

Updated, 10:28 a.m., 9/6/22 Labor disputes at two state universities have resulted in a strike authorization by one union, and a planned vote to seek such an authorization by another. At the University of Michigan’s hospital in Ann Arbor, nurses voted to authorize their union’s bargaining team to call for a strike, while just several […]

Report: Dixon, DePerno and Karamo are ‘threats to democracy’ for 2020 election conspiracies

By: - September 2, 2022

A new report says the top of the Michigan Republican ticket this November as the top threats to democracy statewide. The analysis from the Washington, D.C.-based Defend Democracy Project, which is working in Michigan and seven other states, names GOP gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon, Secretary of State nominee Kristina Karamo and Attorney General nominee Matt […]

Dems seek House investigation of GOP lawmaker linked to 2020 election probe 

By: - August 31, 2022

Michigan House Democrats on Tuesday released a letter from House Minority Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.) to House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Farwell) urging him to authorize an investigation of state Rep. Daire Rendon (R-Lake City).  Rendon was one of nine individuals, including Republican Attorney General nominee Matt DePerno, who were referred for investigation under an […]

Caregivers of seniors and people with disabilities say they need more support, funding

By: - August 31, 2022

A virtual roundtable discussion Tuesday featured state and federal lawmakers seeking solutions to address Michigan’s critically under-resourced care needs for families and care workers.  U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Ann Arbor) joined with state Reps. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy) and Stephanie Young (D-Detroit), along with more than 100 caregivers and caregiving advocates for the discussion, which highlighted […]

State updates student count day guidance amid concerns about Yom Kippur

By: - August 29, 2022

State education officials have updated their guidance concerning the annual student count day taking place on the same day as an important Jewish holiday. Last week, criticism was leveled at the Michigan Department of Education after it was learned that count day is scheduled for Oct. 5, which is Yom Kippur, marking the end of […]

Analysis: Reproductive rights firing up women voter registration in Michigan and Wisconsin

By: - August 29, 2022

A recent analysis indicates that Kansas isn’t the only state in which reproductive rights is a motivating force for voters. On Aug. 2, voters in Kansas soundly rejected a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would have allowed state lawmakers to restrict or ban abortion. It was a stunning result in a deeply conservative […]

After Dems’ letter, Google says it will only show verified abortion providers in searches for clinics

By: - August 29, 2022

In response to questions from Democratic lawmakers, including Michigan U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Lansing), Google says it is providing an update so that only verified abortion providers will show up in local search results. Slotkin, along with Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), sent a letter to Google shortly before the Supreme Court issued its opinion in […]

DeVos-backed voucher initiative submits second petition in effort to avoid veto from Whitmer 

By: - August 29, 2022

A right-wing group pushing for a school voucher-style system in Michigan has submitted a second petition in an effort to do an end-around Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s veto pen. The Let MI Kids Learn campaign, backed by former U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a longtime advocate and funder of school choice and charter schools, submitted […]

Michigan’s Aug. election results were certified without drama. Will things be as smooth in Nov.?

By: - August 27, 2022

Michigan’s Aug. 2 primary results were certified earlier this month with little to no fanfare in contrast to the tumultuous aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. So is this a sign of normalcy returning to the process or the calm before the storm coming with the Nov. 8 general election? “Michigan’s canvassing boards fulfilled their […]

Lansing-area Chipotle becomes chain’s first location to unionize in the U.S.

By: - August 26, 2022

The Chipotle restaurant in Delta Township, near Lansing, has become the chain’s first location across the country to unionize. By a vote of 11-3, workers at the store on Thursday approved joining the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. If Chipotle doesn’t file an objection within five business days, the National Labor Relations Board’s regional director can […]

Michigan’s student count day falls on Jewish holiday, prompting concerns and call for change

By: - August 25, 2022

State education officials say they are aware of concerns about the annual student count day taking place on the same day as an important Jewish holiday and that procedures are in place to address the issue. In Michigan, schools are funded by the state on a per-pupil basis for K-12 students, which sits at $9,150 […]